- “People don’t like being told what to do. We like to explore, change things around, and make a place our own. Hefty design challenges await the makers of websites where people feel free to engage; both with the system itself and with each other. Embrace the idea that people will warp and stretch your site in ways you can’t predict—they’ll surprise you with their creativity and make something wonderful with what you provide.” – George Oates
Read the article over at A List apart, Community: From Little Things, Big Things Grow.
I’ve picked up two quotes that I really appreciate:
- “Given fewer rules, people actually behaved in more creative, co-operative, and collaborative (or competitive, as the case may be) ways.”
- “There’s no way to design all things for all people
. When you’re dealing with The Masses, it’s best to try to facilitate behavior, rather than to predict it. Design, in this context, becomes more about showing what’s possible than showing what’s there.”
The best thing about the article is how elegantly and smoothly it fits right into the five guidelines for collaboration that Charles Leadbeater shared with us at Picnic 08′. Which I have tried to replicate to the best of my abilities in this small slideshow:
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